Boat Maintenance Tips

Getting that boat out for the first time this season?

Below is a handy list of some things to check before getting out on the water.

Should you be uncertain of how to perform any of these maintenance steps, be sure to check with your boat mechanic. It is always a good idea to have a certified mechanic check your boat out before your first time out on the water.  This could prevent ruining your entire outing or vacation.  Click here for more information on our trained outboard and sterndrive mechanics.

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Outboard Motors:

Spark plugs must be replaced

Inspect plug wires

Verify gear lube is adequate

Inspect tank, fuel lines, primer bulb

All movable parts should be lubricated

Check prop for damage

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Water System:

Flush water tank

Check water system and pump

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Electrical System and Components:

Check:
all navigation lights
battery water level
terminals for corrosion, clean and lubricate
gauges for operability
electronics for proper operation
bonding system
recharge batteries / replace batteries

Inspect all wiring for wear

Insure you have spare fuses

Insure you have spare bulbs

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Trailer

Verify your  registration is current & obtain required paperwork or stickers

Check
brakes
tire pressure
tire wear
rollers and pads
test lights and electrical
safety chains
tongue lock

Lubricate:
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wheel bearings
tongue jack
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